Updated: Feb 7
Aaron's Season Two update with Newcastle United in the Das Football FM Head to Head Challenge.
Season two was a strange one, we went on a long unbeaten run in the earlier stages of the season but the latter stages saw the wheels well and truly fall off as they say.
Below are all the deals made this season by Fabricio Coloccini:
As always in my football manager saves, the first half of the season was really positive, we were mounting a serious top four challenge, with champions league football in our sights. New signing Niakahté forced Inácio out of the team and formed a strong partnership with Chris Mepham, although this didn’t stop us conceding goals needlessly. Maybe the extra games in Europe had a negative impact on the squad but we just seemed to run out of gas, we had a few injuries which didn’t help of course, but we struggled to keep out even the weakest of premier league outfits, dropping points against sides in the bottom three on more than one occasion. We eventually stumbled to a ninth place finish which could have still been seventh on the final day if results had gone our way, not that we’d have been deserving of it. Europa league was good fun and we topped the group with relative ease, we then beat Sevilla in the first knockout game who funnily enough we’d already played in the group, then we lost 3-2 to Chelsea after drawing the first leg 0-0, frustrating considering we’d not long smashed them 4-0 in the league in Luis Enriques first game in charge. A dull performance against Wolves in the FA Cup quarter final meant we lost that one on penalties and knocked out in round 4 of the league cup, so not a great deal to shout about in the cups either.
5th place finish + 72 points.
Season total: 72 points.
9th place finish + 62 points.
Season total: 62 points.
Overall Total – 134 points.
Looking to the future…
"So it feels like we’ve taken a massive backwards step after the fifth place finish in season one, however there was a certain element of overachievement in the first season, but with the squad we’ve got we’re certainly better than ninth place. Season three targets are European football again, it just helps to attract players and will give us extra funds too, if the board are nice. Secondly a cup win would be nice too, however I am writing this after already being knocked out of the League cup in round two in season three, so an FA cup win is the aim, a long shot but worth a go. We’re changing shape this season as I feel we needed to move on from the 433 and try something new. Fingers crossed for a more successful season than the last."